His full name was James Madison Allen.He was born on June 16, 1814 in Grand Isle, VT.He married Betsy Wilbur from Worthing, MA on May 1, 1837 in Ashtabula, OH. He was a telegraph operator in charge of a Western Union office in Ashtabula for 30 years.
Probably he is not the same James Allen, but the coincidences were interesting.
By the way, my brother was a potter and my dad painted as a hobby...some more coincidences!
Genealogy research is fun...I wish I had more time to devote to it!